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governor romney pays on his federal income tax. >> reporter: ryan got personal. >> joe and i are from similar towns. he's from pennsylvania, i'm from wisconsin. you know what the unemployment rate in scranton is today? >> i sure do. >> it's 10%. >> yeah. >> you know what it was the day you guys came in? 8.5%. that's how it's going all around america. >> reporter: for a vice presidential debate, the stakes were high tonight. after mitt romney's big win in denver and president obama's no-show performance there, biden needed to stop the bleeding. ryan was going for the jugular, seeking to build the momentum republicans are feeling. >> the next time you hear them say, don't worry about it, we'll get a few wealthy people to pay their fair share, watch out, middle class. the tax bill is coming to you. >> reporter: there was a stark generation gap on that stage tonight. joe biden, born in 1942, is older than the baby boomers. paul ryan, born in 1970, is younger than the baby boomers. and ryan looks it. today, "time" magazine published photos taken last year and on newsstands friday of ryan f
video, now, they are trying to blame the romney/ryan ticket for making this an issue. with respect to iraq, we had the same position before the withdrawal, which was, we agreed with the obama administration, let's have an agreement to make sure we secure our gain. the vice president was put in charge of those negotiations by president obama. and they failed to get the agreement. we don't have an agreement because they failed to get one. that's what we were talking about. when it comes to our veterans, we owe them a great debt of gratitude for what they've done for us, including your son, beau. but we also want to make sure that we don't lose the things we fought to hard to get. and with respect to afghanistan, the 2014 deadline, we agree with a 2014 transition. we want to make sure we're not projecting weakness abroad. that's what's happening here. this benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately, it's indicative of a broader problem. and that is, what we are watching on our tv screens is the unraveling of the obama foreign policy. which is making the worl
respective tax than governor romney pays in his federal income tax. >> reporter: ryan said the administration failed the middle class. >> we're going in the wrong direction. look where we are. the economy is barely limping along. >> reporter: side by side at the same table, biden and ryan were not shy about directly engaging each other. sometimes with harsh attacks. sometimes with humor. >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the word don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> reporr: with the polls tightening, the president needs to fire up his democratic base, while romney need to convert 2008 obama voters. rob, paula, last night here in kentucky, both of them got a lot of help from their running mates. >> karen, can we say there was a winner? can we call it a draw? i was looking at several polls, three gave it to paul ryan. three gave the to joe biden. was there a winner? or was this a tie? >> yeah, paula those instant reactions were showing voters were evenly split. but i think if you have to pick who really got what they wanted t
some of those today, as well. >> ryan, thanks. >>> we move on to "your voice, your vote." the election just 23 days away. two sets of numbers we're watching closely tonight, the latest gallup poll showing governor romney holding a slight lead. 49/47 but both are looking at these numbers from ohio, as well, the battleground state that might decide this. the president with a narrow margin there. tuesday's debate between mitt romney and the president more crucial and the president's team acknowledging there will be changes and david kerley at the white house tonight. >> hello, everybody, hello. i brought some food. >> reporter: president obama took a break today to visit a campaign office, now into his second day of intense debate preparation. >> how is it going, sir? >> it is going great. >> reporter: the president is holed up at this williamsburg, virginia, resort walking and enjoying the scenery, we are told, between sessions. far from the campaign trail, preparing for his rematch with romney. >> i don't think in the history of recorded presidential debates has there been such a moment
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